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How to create an effective records retention program – Part Two

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In last week’s blog post, we imagined what would happen if the primary measure of RIM performance was the quantity of documents defensibly disposed of in a given year. As we pointed out, this would put a lot of pressure on records managers to polish up their records retention schedules. Without an up-to-date and accurate retention schedule, records would either be kept around too long, or they would end up being destroyed prematurely. However, a retention schedule is only one component of an effective records retention program. Without the proper processes and oversight in place, your retention schedule will end up as nothing more than a dusty volume taking up space on a shelf. Continue reading

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How to create an effective records retention program – Part One

Thursday, October 2, 2014

In a great blog post on the AIIM website, one of the regular contributors, Don Lueders, CRM, CDIA, made the case for a new measure of RIM performance. Why not simply base it on the quantity of content defensibly destroyed each year? In a business environment in which paper and electronic records are both on the rise, we think Don’s suggestion has a lot of merit. It also raises an interesting question. How would records management change if defensible disposition became the primary RIM performance metric? Continue reading

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Physical records: how to free up space and reduce storage costs – Part 2

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In last week’s blog post we looked at how a program of records retention and destruction can significantly reduce the volume of paper documents. The program involves purging non-records, establishing retention schedules and following through with the documented destruction of records that have passed their retention periods. This week we outline several filing and storage practices that can free up additional space and save even further on the cost of storing physical records. Continue reading

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